Are you struggling with sexual sins and yet desiring to live faithful to God’s ways?
Sexual Faithfulness: Gospel-Infused, Practical Discipleship for Women (Participant’s Guide) is for women who need help applying the gospel to their sexual and relational struggles. This resource complements Sexual Sanity for Women: Healing from Sexual and Relational Brokenness, the Harvest USA discipleship resource for women seeking growth in sexual integrity. Both of these resources help women walk together in the process of applying the gospel to sensitive topics.
Sexual Faithfulness addresses such issues as suffering, spiritual warfare, union with Christ, the development of beliefs, and building healthy friendships. Each of the ten lessons in the Participant’s Guide corresponds to the lesson notes in the Leader’s Guide, which assists facilitators with the discussion and offers helpful suggestions for navigating complex and deeply personal issues. The Leader’s Guide is also available as a free digital download.
Sexual Faithfulness is meant to help women who struggle, and those who want to help them, in three ways. First, it addresses difficult topics biblically and compassionately, giving women a helpful vocabulary. Second, the study promotes discussion and interaction, assisting in the practical nature of discipleship relationships. Finally, this resource will encourage women to look to Jesus and God’s Word as their ultimate hope for transformation, while simultaneously encouraging them to take practical steps of faith.
The study can be used in many contexts, including one-to-one mentoring, college-age student groups, women’s ministries, and small group discipleship relationships. Friends, mentors, counselors, and godly, faithful women in the Church can all journey with these women as facilitators.
Accompanying the written resource are 11 brief videos, to be viewed before the start of each lesson. Harvest USA staff member, Shalee Lehning, speaks with a warm, by-your-side style to diffuse fear and encourage participants as they approach difficult topics for personal transformation.
Sexual Faithfulness: Gospel-Infused, Practical Discipleship for Women was inspired by years of practical ministry experience to women. The content was written and organized by Shalee Lehning and Ellen Mary Dykas, Harvest USA Women’s Ministry Staff.
Lesson 1 .... Union with Christ: At Home in the Faithful One
Lesson 2 …. God’s Design for Sexuality: A Way to Understand Christ’s Love
Lesson 3 …. Disappointment: When Expectations and Real Life Don’t Match Up
Lesson 4 …. Suffering: Life in a Fallen World
Lesson 5 …. Our Unseen Enemy: Spiritual Warfare
Lesson 6 …. A Peaceful Mind: How Christ Transform Our Thoughts
Lesson 7 …. Broken Beliefs About Men: Christ’s Hope for Hurting Hearts
Lesson 8 .... Healthy Connections: Friendship and the Gospel
Lesson 9 …. The Body of Christ: The Importance of the Family of God
Lesson 10 .. Growing Forward with Jesus and Journey Companions
Going through Sexual Sanity for Women isn’t necessary in order to study Sexual Faithfulness, but it does lay an important foundation upon which Sexual Faithfulness builds. Sexual Sanity for Women leads women through the process of examining their hearts and the influences that have shaped their sexual and relational sin patterns. Oftentimes, women who are dealing with these issues jump right into a study like Sexual Faithfulness without having explored the ways in which their hearts work and how their patterns of behavior developed. As a result, we recommend that you study Sexual Sanity for Women first, then move on to Sexual Faithfulness.
"The Church is crying out for a discipleship resource like Sexual Faithfulness to teach women how to think biblically about sex and sexuality. The culture has been our teacher for far too long, and too many Christian women have fallen prey to its temptations and lies. Ellen Mary Dykas and Shalee Lehning are compassionate guides who shift women’s understanding of sex and sexuality from a self-focused, self-gratifying view to a Christ-dependent, Christ-glorifying reality. Sexual Faithfulness is a gift to the local church."
– Leslie Bennett, Director of Women’s Ministry Initiatives, Revive Our Hearts
"As someone who has led many small groups through the book Sexual Sanity for Women, I’m so glad there is a Part 2! Sexual Faithfulness builds on the messages from Sexual Sanity and adds new topics and practical resources. One of my favorite parts of both of these resources is the way Scripture is weaved through the conversation. Each lesson is filled with Scripture, encouragement, and thought-provoking discussion questions to help women better understand God’s design for sexuality. Going through this resource, you will find practical help as you get to the root of your sexual issues. Women will be blessed by this study!"
– Joy Skarka, Director of Discipleship, Authentic Intimacy and Sexual Discipleship
"Sexual Faithfulness: Gospel-Infused, Practical Discipleship for Women is a resource worth having in every church library. The studies are approachable, and they cover a variety of sexuality issues that we women face in our journey with Christ. I’m thankful for this accessible work that will bless many women!"
– Quina Aragon, Author of Love Made: A Story of God’s Overflowing, Creative Heart and Love Gave: A Story of God’s Greatest Gift
"Sexual Faithfulness is a gospel-saturated discipleship tool that encourages and equips women to think biblically about their sexuality. Exploring this accessible, Word-based study in the context of community will prayerfully strengthen lives, homes, and churches."
– Karen Hodge, Coordinator of Women’s Ministries, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), Author of Transformed: Life-taker to Life-giver and Life-giving Leadership
"Ellen and Shalee have created a remarkably helpful resource for the Church. Sexual Faithfulness is saturated with Scripture, and every lesson aims to help participants know God’s heart for them in Christ Jesus. This is a particularly necessary resource for our sisters in the Church where such good conversations are sadly a seldom occurrence—and this should not be! This resource is an exceptional tool to help get these much-needed conversations started, and sustain them, in the Church. I must say, Sexual Faithfulness aims to serve women, to be sure. However, there is nothing in these pages that is not also helpful for men in growing toward Christlikeness. Simply put, this resource is a magnificent, gospel-infused way to help us all grow together in our sexual faithfulness."
– Bryan Pickering, Pastor for Care & Counseling, Bethlehem Baptist Church (Minneapolis)